US seafood firm Moon Marine has voluntarily recalled nearly 60,000 lbs of its yellowfin tuna due to a potential link with salmonella.

In a statement today (16 April), the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) said the company has recalled 58,828 lbs of a frozen raw yellowfin tuna product, labelled as Nakaochi Scrape AA or aaa .

The product has been linked to an outbreak of Salmonella Bareilly, which has caused 116 illnesses in 20 states and the District of Columbia to date. Of the reported illnesses, there have been 12 hospitalisations, and no deaths.

Nakaochi Scrape is tuna backmeat, which is specifically scraped off from the bones, and looks like a ground product. It is not available for sale to individual consumers, but may have been used to make sushi, sashimi, ceviche and similar dishes available in restaurants and grocery stores, the FDA said.

The company name and Nakaochi Scrape AA or AAA were printed on boxes of the product when it was initially sold to distributors. However, the boxes may have been broken into smaller lots for further sale and therefore, may not be “readily identifiable by retail outlets or by consumers as being from the implicated lots”, it added.

“Many of the people who became ill reported eating raw tuna in sushi as “spicy tuna”. If you purchase “spicy tuna” or other sushi, sashimi, ceviche, or similar dishes that might contain Nakaochi Scrape from a restaurant or grocery store, check with the establishment to make sure that it does not contain raw recalled product from Moon Marine USA Corp, also known as MMI,” the FDA said.

“When in doubt, don’t eat it. Consumers who think they might have become ill from eating possibly contaminated raw Nakaochi Scrape should consult their health care providers,” it added.